Surviving Teen Dating Violence
Gavin has one important message for women who can't escape an abusive ex. "You cannot do it alone and don't have to," he says.
If you—or someone you know—need help, Gavin says to contact your local women's shelter or the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at The Hotline.org or 1-800-799-SAFE. "In America, there are hundreds of suicide prevention centers and there are thousands of suicide prevention hotlines. There isn't one homicide prevention center in America. And the closest we have to a homicide prevention center is a battered women's shelter because what they're dealing with is people who, if interventions are not applied wisely, are likely to be killed."
If you suspect someone in your life is capable of violence, Gavin has developed a potentially lifesaving tool called MOSAIC. Anyone—the victim or concerned loved ones—can log onto a website and answer 46 questions to help determine how much of a threat an abuser poses to an individual or family. "MOSAIC expresses its results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely to escalate—including homicide," Gavin says.
This online assessment is free and anonymous. Take it now.